Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Battle, East Sussex

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 changed the course of English history forever. Explore the site and learn about history’s most famous date.

After one of the bloodiest battles in English history, William the Conqueror was ordered to build the abbey at Battle, Sussex and its ruins stand today as testimony to the area’s medieval heritage.

Take an inclusive audio tour of the battlefield and atmospheric abbey ruins, stand on the exact spot where King Harold is said to have died and learn how the monks lived before Henry VIII ordered the abbey’s dissolution. Enjoy interactive displays at the visitor centre which has hands-on appeal for young and old, and watch the dramatic film which recounts the story of the Battle of Hastings in vivid detail.

After your visit, explore the bustling market town of Battle, whose quirky independent shops, enticing eateries and commercial art galleries make an appealing contrast to the town’s medieval heritage.

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Men dressed in battle gear during a reenactmentMen dressed in battle gear during a reenactment © Hastings & 1066 Country
Battle Abbey seen from across the battlefieldBattle Abbey seen from across the battlefield © English Heritage
Two boys dressed as knights at Battle AbbeyTwo boys dressed as knights at Battle Abbey © Hastings & 1066 Country
Re-enactors arrive on horseback at Battle Abbey Re-enactors arrive on horseback at Battle Abbey © English Heritage
The historic market town of Battle, East SussexBattle, East Sussex © Sarah Fretwell

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